This Clothing Line Is Designed to Stretch With Kids as They Grow

Ryan Mario Yasin
Ryan Mario Yasin

A toddler’s favorite outfit won’t stay his favorite for long. After a few wears and an ill-timed growth spurt, those cute garments need to be swapped for clothing that’s slightly bigger and just as expensive. As Dezeen reports, Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin has designed a practical alternative.

Items in Yasin’s Petit Pli clothing line are built to grow at the same rate as their young wearers. In their initial form, the pleated shirts and pants are small enough to fit a 4-month-old child. As kids get bigger the material can be unfolded, ultimately expanding to the size of a wearer who’s 2-and-a-half years old.

Child wearing stretchable clothing.
Ryan Mario Yasin

Yasin was inspired to develop the concept after ordering clothes for his nephew that were too small by the time they arrived. When searching for a solution to this problem, he tapped into his background in aeronautical engineering. Petit Pli uses a similar design to the collapsible structures made for the outsides of small satellites. The material also has a space-age feel: It’s windproof, waterproof, and breathable, which means it should survive a few years of toddler wear-and-tear.

Petit Pli is currently in the fundraising stage. After he’s attracted the attention of investors, Yasin plans to start manufacturing the product in the UK. You can elect to receive updates through the clothing line's website.

[h/t Dezeen]

World’s Tiniest McDonald’s Opens in Sweden, Welcomes Bees as Customers

iStock/William Jones-Warner
iStock/William Jones-Warner

McDonald's has opened stores in an old train car, an airplane, and an oversized Happy Meal box. This new project from the corporation has many of the features of a regular restaurant—down to the posters advertising special menu items—but it's different in a major way. Instead of catering to human clientele, this miniature McDonald's is designed to attract bees.

McDonald's Sweden collaborated with the creative agency NORD DDB to build the branded beehive for World Bee Day on May 20, AdWeek reports. From the outside, the model is a replica of a McDonald's restaurant, with drive-thru windows, outdoor seating, and the golden arches presiding above it all. But instead of a counter and a tables, the interior is filled with frames where bees can build their wax. It's being billed as "the world's smallest McDonald's," but according to NORD DDB, it's still big enough to house thousands of bees.

The fast-food beehive is a nod to an initiative gaining traction at McDonald's in Sweden. Some McDonald's restaurants have installed beehives on their roofs and started replacing the grass on their properties with flowers to attract the pollinators. Global bee populations have declined at alarming rates in recent years due to pesticides, disease, and climate change, and the beehive project from McDonald's Sweden is just one creative way people are trying to give bees a boost.

This particular beehive won't be housed above a burger joint. On May 21, it was auctioned off to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

[h/t AdWeek]

This Tiny DIY Kiosk From Amazon Would Make a Great Backyard Bar—or Chicken Coop

Allwood, Amazon
Allwood, Amazon

This summer, upgrade your backyard cocktail parties with an actual backyard bar. The Allwood Retail Kiosk, first spotted by House Beautiful and available on Amazon, is designed to be a tiny store, but it can function as so much more. And most importantly, it can be assembled in a matter of hours.

Built from durable Nordic spruce, the compact building is inspired by retail kiosks in Scandinavia. The interior measures 94 square feet, and the window covers fold out into counter-like platforms for serving food and drinks. The versatile structure works as more than just a space for your small business. The seller notes on Amazon that past buyers have used the shack as a chicken coop, and it could even house cats: "I believe this could well work as a feline suite. I don't think they would complain."

The kiosk costs $3990 on Amazon, and shipping is included. Once it's been assembled, the exterior needs to be stained or painted to protect it from the elements. If you're looking for even larger structures that can be delivered, Amazon also sells tiny houses.

[h/t House Beautiful]

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